The Pristine Alpine Scenes of North Routt County
The Elk River Valley and North Routt area begin at the intersection of Highway 40 on the western edge of city limits and County Road 129, also known as Elk River Road. Once you pass Clark, you enter into the pristine alpine landscape of the mountainous North Routt area. This area offers incredible recreation, including the beautiful Pearl Lake and Steamboat Lake State Parks, Hahn’s Peak, and Sand Mountain for boating, fishing, hiking and hunting. If you like to be close to Steamboat Springs but also have a sense of privacy and seclusion, North Routt may be the spot for you.
Situated north of the charming town of Clark, North Routt is an outdoorsman’s paradise for fishing, hunting, running snow machines, trail riding and more. Ranging from Clark to Columbine, North Routt is at a higher elevation than Steamboat and generally receives more snow, resulting in a slightly longer winter season.
Hahns Peak was named after the German explorer and miner Joseph Hahn. With the discovery of gold in the area, thousands of miners came in search of riches. Soon after, Hahns Peak Village was formed and now remains the oldest settlement in Routt County. The most visible landmarks in North Routt are Hahns Peak and Sand Mountain. Today, Hahns Peak Village, Clark and Columbine make up the commercial business areas in North Routt County.